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When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807027219
ISBN-10: 0807027219
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Were it presented solely in prose paragraphs, this exemplary adviser would be much shorter than it is. Instead, its first four chapters, which proceed through the stages of dealing with Alzheimer's disease and their effects on the caregiver, take the form of free verse. The device doesn't make poetry of the text but does give it greater weight, just as the same kind of text display gives weight to the words in advertisements. Rabbi Grollman, author of these four chapters, is a seasoned writer on dealing with life crises; his words--simple, realistic, reassuring--merit the burden laid on them by the verselike presentation. This is excellent counsel, full of phrases that many may take as watchwords as they cope with an Alzheimer's-afflicted loved one. To Grollman's chapters, research physician Kosik adds one of questions and answers about the disease and its sufferers. An annotated resource list concludes. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A unique combination of sensitive spiritual support and up-to-date factual knowledge. —Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D., Harvard Medical School

"As one of millions who has suffered with a family member struck by Alzheimer's, I welcome this book's solace and advice for others on this difficult journey. While we hope and fight for a cure that lies in the future, it is also important to deal with the present-and this fine book is here to help." —Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (Democrat, West Virginia)

"Simple, realistic, reassuring. . . . This is excellent counsel." —Ray Olson, Booklist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (November 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807027219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807027219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,137,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Earl A. Grollman, a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on May 5, 2014
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I have Earl's other Book and this And It was a quick yet Deep book for someone who has personally have to cope with this as best as possible, it is difficult to understand yet so simple as the book points out be there for them no matter what, although there are some sources in the end of the book I disagree that should NOT be there such as EndofLife Overall the book has good day by day reading some which has been in the other book but useful.
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You see chapter headings like: Accepting the Diagnosis, Beginning to Cope, Finding Support, Achieving Compassion, and Questions and Answers about Alzheimer's. My expectations were then for a factual book dealing with the emotional issues of the disease. It was a shock to open the pages and see the poetry format.

These might make good discussion starters for an Alzheimer's support group. Topics like grief or anger make the reader think about their reaction to the changes going on.

Probably I'd have given this more stars if the cover had prepared me for what was inside.
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Sympathetic and wise counsel for dealing with the many frustrations for the patients and their loved ones as they cope with the losses of memory and understanding, as well as physical problems.
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By Francisco J. Serrano on February 17, 2013
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If a love one has Alzheimer, this is the book to read. It was consoling and helped me to understand the disease. I highly recommend. Thank you
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I had read another book by Rabbi Grollman and found such wisdom in its simplicity. This book presents a sensitive topic in a similar way.
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